Everest to Open the Venice Film Festival

“Everest, a new movie about the two rival missions up the mountain in 1996, has been chosen as the opening night film of this year’s Venice film festival – a spot which has recently proved itself a premier launchpad for Oscar contenders”, writes Catherine Shoard for The Guardian.

“Everest is inspired by true events in 1996, when two different climbing expeditions were faced with an epic struggle for survival in their attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain”, as reported in The Hollywood Reporter.

The drama stars Jason Clarke as New Zealand guide Rob Hall, Jake Gyllenhaal as American adventurer Scott Fischer and Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Michael Kelly and Sam Worthington as American climbers.

The cast also includes Keira Knightley, Robin Wright and Emily Watson.

The movie, shot on location in Nepal, the Italian Alps, the Cinecitta Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the U.K. has been scripted by two veteran British screenwriters: William Nicholson, (Gladiator & Unbroken) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire & The Full Monty).

Article Source: The Guardian, Catherine Shoard, July 08, 2015.

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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…